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TAV FALCO – MAKE ME KNOW YOU’RE MINE

Filmmaker JP Olsen on Tav Falco

by Todd McGovern

Some questions are easier to answer than others.  If your question is, “Who is Tav Falco?” there is no easy answer.  In their new short film, Tav Falco – Make Me Know You’re Mine, filmmakers JP Olsen and Kristen Nutile capture Falco as he prepares for the opening of a U.S. tour with a band that includes bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, firehose, The Stooges) and drummer Toby Dammit (Iggy Pop, Swans, The Residents).

But this is not a typical documentary and Falco is not a typical subject. Seen strolling down St. Mark’s Place in New York’s East Village, Falco pronounces, “I am interested in that which is not easily explained, that which is mystery.”  It’s clear to see that he’s not giving up anything too easily.

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POKIN’ AROUND WITH THE MUFFS

By Todd McGovern

The Muffs - Photo by Kim Shattuck
The Muffs (Left to Right: Roy McDonald, Kim Shattuck, Ronnie Barnett, Riley) Photo by Kim Shattuck

LA’s Favorite Power-Pop Trio
on the Secrets of Longevity

 “I can shit anywhere. If it has to come out, it has to come out.”

I’m sitting with Kim Shattuck, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Muffs, the power pop trio from Los Angeles. With Kim are longtime band mates, bassist Ronnie Barnett and drummer Roy McDonald.

Kim continues, “At CBGB, the bathroom stalls didn’t close all the way, so you kind of had to hold the door. And one time, I was taking a shit and the door pushes open and there’s a girl standing there holding our record and a Sharpie. ‘Can I have your autograph?’ I’m like, ‘I’m taking a shit right now. After I’m done with my shit and I wash my hands.’ I was taking a shit! That was just weird!”

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NYC: OTHER MUSIC CLOSES JUNE 25th

Interview with Other Music co-owner, Josh Madell
by Todd McGovern
photos by Rob Hatch-Miller

Other Music co-owners: Chris Vanderloo (left) and Josh Madell (right)
Other Music co-owners: Chris Vanderloo (left) and Josh Madell (right)

When venerable East Village record store Other Music closes its door on Saturday, June 25th, New York City will lose its most vibrant, eclectic place for music lovers to meet, browse and discover new music – no matter how popular or obscure.

Other Music is the latest downtown record store to close.  Over the last two years, Bleecker Bob’s and Kim’s Music and Video have packed it in and on June 30, Rebel Rebel will also close. But Other Music’s closing is hitting record buyers especially hard.  For two decades, Other Music has been the destination for those in search of the latest releases – and reissues – in indie rock, hip-hop, electronica, experimental, jazz, Kraut rock and psychedelia.  The store’s employees – hired specifically for their particular tastes – were well-versed and approachable, always ready to turn customers on to the latest offering from their favorite label or artist.

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1974 – BRINGING THE FUNK!

by Todd McGovern

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No doubt about it, 1974 was a funky time.

If you need an exclamation point on this claim, look no further than this version of Junior Parker’s 1953 single on Sun Records, “Mystery Train.”  With a band that includes A.C. Reed on saxophone, Buddy Guy and his younger brother Phil on guitars, Junior Wells brings the funk to this early rock-and-roll classic.
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NIAGARA: DETROIT ROCK ROYALTY ON MUSIC, ART, & RON ASHETON!

tempting! Tantalizing!! TERRIFYING!!!

The True Story of Niagara, Destroy All Monsters & the Desecration of Detroit

by Todd McGovern

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Photo: Colonel Galaxy

Ann Arbor’s storied dive, Joe’s Star Lounge. The last song that Autumn night in 1984 from Destroy All Monsters was The Stooges signature, I Wanna Be Your Dog, added to their set when Ron Asheton joined the band.

Asheton’s immediately identifiable guitar squall rode the wave of
ex-MC5 Mike Davis bass line, the crashing chaos of drummer Rob King and lead singer’s vocal wail. As the song clamored to an end, it happened: Niagara, her dark hair with painted streaks piled on top of her head, black tights, thigh-high boots and black leather bra jumped off stage and into my arms. She cooed into my ear, “Where’s the party tonight?”
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HEY LOSERS! A CHILDREN’S BOOK STARRING DONALD TRUMP!

A Conversation With
Laura M. Mac Donald, author of
THE VERY STRANGE DAY, a children’s book about Donald Trump

The Very Strange Day - Trump Children's BookIt’s not going out on much of a limb to say that if you’re a regular reader of the PLEASE KILL ME website, chances are you’re not a supporter of Donald Trump or Ted Cruz For President. Though what do we know? Maybe some of you out there are wearing “Make America Great Again” baseball caps along with your Ramones t-shirts. We try not to judge.

Whatever your political leanings, we can all agree that these are strange days in America. The line between reality and reality TV has been erased and the idea of “President Donald Trump” has gone from an amusing joke to a frighteningly real possibility. The more people he insults, the more popular he gets. How do you wrap your head around that?

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“TROUBLE BOYS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE REPLACEMENTS”

photo © by Greg Helgeson
photo © by Greg Helgeson

A CONVERSATION WITH TROUBLE BOYS AUTHOR, BOB MEHR

by Todd McGovern

If ever there was a gig that was representative of the Replacements at their best – and their worst – it was their appearance on “Saturday Night Live” on January 18, 1986. Introduced by a besotted Harry Dean Stanton, the equally soused band took the stage by storm, the opening riff to “Bastards Of Young” off their new album, “Tim,” ringing across the airwaves. The Minneapolis foursome looked impossibly Midwestern, like they’d just come from a roll in the hay with the little sisters of Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. Drummer Chris Mars clad in denim overalls, hammered out the beat; bassist Tommy Stinson stomped around stage in black jacket, torn jeans and creepers, while older brother Bob Stinson peeled off guitar solos in some kind of form-fitting one-piece open to the navel. Then there was lead singer, Paul Westerberg, skinny in striped shirt one size too small, just rising hairdo, straining to reach the microphone… “It beats pickin’ cotton and waiting to be forgotten….”

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BLACK PANTHERS DOCUMENTARY ON PBS

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by Todd McGovern

THE BLACK PANTHERS:
VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
Airs Tuesday, February 16 at 9:00pm on PBS

This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the formation of the Black Panther Party For Social-Defense, an organization that began as a local response to pervasive police brutality in Oakland, California. The Black Panther Party soon became a national organization and served both as a vehicle for social programs, and as a group whose goal was nothing less than the overthrow of the government of the United States.

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“THE GHOUL” – KING OF DETROIT LATE NIGHT FRIGHT

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Fright Wig? Check!  Sunglasses with one lens missing?  Check!!  Fake moustache and Van Dyke beard?  Check!!!  A pocket full of
M-80 firecrackers? Check!!!! Big rubber frog as sidekick/nemesis?  Check!!!!!
If you grew up in the greater Detroit or Cleveland area, you know I could only be talking about one man – The Ghoul.

By Todd McGovern
Played by Ron Sweed, a protégé of classic 1960s Cleveland-based horror host Ghoulardi, The Ghoul presented (and disrupted) schlock-shock horror movies on Detroit television from the early 1970s through 2004.
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WHERE IS ALLEN GINSBERG WHEN WE NEED HIM?

The Ballad of the Skeletons and the
2016 Republican Debates

by Todd McGovern

By Michiel Hendryckx (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Michiel Hendryckx (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Having had a week to recover from the first of many debates between the Republican candidates for President, I keep coming back to the thought, “What would Allen Ginsberg have to say about this especially special collection of clowns?”  Gone over 15 years now, think of all the American political fodder Ginsberg missed out on — the stolen 2000 election of George W. Bush, 9/11, the false claims of WMDs in Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, water boarding, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bernie Madoff, the rise of the Tea Party….

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